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    Post Oh my!! I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing!!!!!!

    Below are the specs of the system I want to build but have no idea what to do about power supply - the unit is going in a Honda s2000 - I'd like to buy a DC-DC unit but I am clueless - can anyone help me?

    Joel


    System specs -

    Asus CUSI-FX flexATX motherboard with built in 4 channel audio and 3d graphics, USB and LCD panel socket on-board.

    Pentium 3 fcpga 1ghz at 133fsb

    512meg 133 Sdram

    20gig 9.7mm IBM travelstar hard drive (will I need a converter to use this with a desktop board)

    Toshiba 2.4x/20x 12mm DVD rom, CDR compatible
    Home Media Center - 2.2ghz Athlon 1gig 400ddr Radeon 9700 pro 150gig HD plus 2.5" 40gig hotswappable pocket drive on XP with optical SPDIF to Sony DTS theater 5.1. 4am Media/Music Console. 56" DLP HDTV Screen on the way.

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    hey i guess your new here .. welcome to this awesome forum .... check out my website its a good start for fresher
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    Check out this link. Go to the power supply section. These are all (most) of the links that we know about for power supplies. Any questions after that visit the search function that is located in the upper right of every page on mp3car.com. Try a search in the Power Supply section with the words "DC-DC" or something like that and it will bring up all the previous posts. It is really a great tool.

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    To help you get started, you are going to need an ATX DC-DC PSU, so you have a few choices. You can use a Sproggy, which is a home brew power supply. These are the ones which Mastero makes and sells (or if you're adventurous, you can try and make your own but some of the parts can be tough to find). Sproggy originally designed these as AT power supplies, and they have been modified to provide the different voltages for ATX boards. They are not very powerfull, so you'll need to figure out how much power your setup is going ot require. This is the cheapest option.
    The best option is size is not an issue is the Keypower supply. These are the size of a normal ATX PSU, and they provide 250W of power. Lots of people are using these with very good results. Check the power supply section of the board, people are constantly arranging group buys on these.
    The third option if size is an isue is Jeff Mucha's homemade supply. He is currently selling these on E-Bay, you can find more info in the sale section.
    Best of luck, be sure to use the search often as this issue has been discussed MANY times in the past.

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    Wow guys thanks for the warm welcome - yeah I will be reading my way through this board to learn as much as I can.

    Can anyone give me a ballpark idea on the cost of a KP-DX 250H:*ATX 250W supply????

    Thanks

    Joel
    Home Media Center - 2.2ghz Athlon 1gig 400ddr Radeon 9700 pro 150gig HD plus 2.5" 40gig hotswappable pocket drive on XP with optical SPDIF to Sony DTS theater 5.1. 4am Media/Music Console. 56" DLP HDTV Screen on the way.

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    One of the group buys was $165 plus shipping. Go to the 250W ATC DC DC thread because Mastero has found a the company that makes these for keypower and they are cheaper. He is trying to set up a group buy right now.

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    We need a newbies FAQ page or something. We could all contribute. This was people dont alwas have to complain to tell newbies to search because the # of threads is increasing rapidly... and many are reposts so searching takes a while

    So why not create a FAQ with many subsections on each item..?? One for screens, power supplies, etc.!!

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    Believe it or not, such a thing exists! It's not all that pretty, but it contains a lot of useful info. you can find it at http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/bgoodman/faq/

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    changed my sig

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